Let’s wrap up the week and prepare for a quality Memorial Day weekend with a collection of tracks great for your start of summer BBQ. There are some great downloads in this set from Boo Seeka, DJ Paypal (ft. DJ Earl & DJ Taye), Skinny Blonde and yllwshrk. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cass McCombs (ft. Angel Olsen), Dragonette, Health&Beauty, Lidija, Michael Zaxxon, Omni, Pink Mexico, Puro Instinct (covering Madonna), Told Slant, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Whitney and more!
Is it too early to start counting down to the weekend? For those of us in the United States, it’s going to be an extended three day celebration that officially kicks off the summer season. Can’t wait. At least these songs will help the next few days pass by a little easier. You’ll want to check out the downloads from Cantina, Caralis, Esquela, The Julie Ruin and Ray Sargent. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cymbals Eat Guitars, Deerhoof, Erin Tobey, Ivy Mairi, Joey Purp (ft. Chance the Rapper), Martha, Moonface and Siinai, salute (ft. D.R.A.M.), Speedy Ortiz, Steve Aoki, Todd Terje & The Olsens and Yen Towers.
Let’s kick off this week right with another top notch edition of Pick Your Poison. Enjoy downloads in this set from Cub Sport, deCollage, Hollowtapes, In Letter Form and Liana Bank$ (ft. Mura Masa). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cottaging, Delorean, Exploded View, Gang of Youths, Holy Fuck, Mercury Girls, Mind Bath, NE-HI, Prince Innocence, SZA, Vogue Dots and more!
Chicago rock music festival fans may want to take note that the Riot Fest lineup was announced this morning. This year’s fest takes place from September 16-18 at Douglas Park in the North Lawndale area. Some of the notable acts set to perform this year include The Original Misfits (with Danzig), Morrissey, Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Social Distortion, Nas, Brand New, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Jimmy Eat World, Bad Religion, Motion City Soundtrack (their final show), Death Grips, The Hold Steady, Bob Mould, White Lung, Bleached and many more. There’s plenty to be excited about, though in all honesty I’m not sure if I’ll be in attendance this year or not. Still, you may want to check it out. 3-day passes are on sale now if you’re interested. Let’s have a look at today’s Pick Your Poison, shall we? Don’t miss downloads in this set from A+A, Glass Spells, The Hood Internet x Wolkoff, The Qualia and Wuh Oh. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Audion, Allie X, DAWN, Die Antwoord, Future Generations, Holly Miranda (covering Tobias Jesso Jr.), Jamila Woods, The Moving Pictures, School ’94, Slow Club and more!
Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was jam packed with all kinds of fun with family and friends, to the point where I barely had a chance to catch my breath. As much as I enjoyed it, I’m also super tired today. I need a weekend to recover from my weekend. Some of these new songs are helping me through, which is why I’m happy to be sharing them with you as part of today’s Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads from deCollage, The Infinite, LEX and VATS. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alex Calder, Ben Lukas Boysen, Big Thief, Cadet Kelly, Emily Jane White, Maria Usbeck, Nerftoss, Pheeyownah, Wildlife, Xiu Xiu (covering John Congleton) and Yumi Zouma.
Your mid-week edition of Pick Your Poison features some lovely downloads from Basketball Shorts, Frank Rabeyrolles, Grace Joyner, Noble Oak and A Thousand Fuegos. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Black Atlass, Boris, cln, J. Views (ft. Wild Cub), Local Natives, Marian Hill, NAVVI, Palmistry, Speedy Ortiz, Stephen Steinbrink and Yaeji (covering Mail Grab).
Whelp, a new Radiohead album is out in the world. It feels great. Well, about as great as an album about sadness and reflection can feel. On Friday, the band revealed their new record would be released on Sunday, and when the day arrived A Moon Shaped Pool became available from your favorite digital retailers. The physical edition of the album will be out in July, and a special edition with bonus tracks and other goodies will be released in September. No matter how you prefer to digest your Radiohead, I strongly encourage you to give the album a shot. One of my favorite things about the band is how each new record manages to upend expectations and move in a completely new direction while still feeling uniquely like Radiohead. There aren’t many bands I know that could pull such a feat off. If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t “get” Radiohead, perhaps some of these Pick Your Poison tracks will be more your style. Don’t miss downloads from Grace Joyner, HOllowtapes, WEALTH and Wolfie. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Chastity, Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE, Danny L Harle (ft. Caroline Polachek), Haley Bonar, Holly Miranda (covering Sufjan Stevens), The Hunches, inc. no world, Jai Wolf (ft. Chain Gang of 1974), Joey Purp, Laurel and Oh Pep!
Hola! Let’s jump right in with today’s muy caliente Cinco de Mayo edition of Pick Your Poison. Nothing particularly Mexican about it, but please enjoy anyways. Don’t miss downloads from Great Hare, Induce, Julien Mier, London O’Connor and Stefan Weich. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aerial East, Baio, Esme Patterson, Fear of Men, Few Bits, Inter Arma, The Mountain Goats (covering War), Mutual Benefit, Nite Jewel ft. Zoe Kravitz & Samantha Urbani (covering Rexy), ODDITY and Scroll Downers.
It’s been five years since we last heard new music from Radiohead, that is if you don’t count the unused “Spectre” theme song they recorded and gave away at the end of last year. But today they officially emerged from their slumber. Following a couple of days in which they completely erased their social media accounts and website, this morning a new music video was suddenly released. “Burn the Witch” is the new track, presumably off their next album which could be released at any time under any title. It’s all a wait and see game with those guys, and honestly if we can wait five years we can probably wait a few weeks longer for the full length. In the meantime why not enjoy some new music as part of Pick Your Poison? There’s some quality downloads in this set from Dirty Squall, Matt Bennett, SHapes On Tape, Shards and Wild Patterns. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from A-Trak (ft. Phantogram), FAWNN, Joy Atlas, Laszlo Dancehall, Leena Ojala, Lone, Marissa Nadler, Mitski, The World, Yung and more!
Welcome to May! After a week’s worth of illness, I’m nearly back to tip-top shape, which is always a huge plus. Let’s get right into today’s Pick Your Poison, which features some quality downloads from American Monoxide, Cold Blue Kid, Dylan Hill (ft. Eliza Hull) and ISLAND. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Anna Rose, Cerise, Djustin, Max Styler (ft. KARRA), Megafauna, Peach Kelli Pop, Slumberjack (ft. Daniel Johns), Topaz Jones, VERITE, Wildcat! Wildcat! and Young Moon.
As I continue to battle a nasty cold, please enjoy another edition of Pick Your Poison. Some quality downloads in this set from Frances Luke Accord, OHIOAN, Playing Savage and Young Mister. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Big Thief, Charlotte Day Wilson, Ellie Herring, Elliott Smith, Kedr Livanskiy, Mountains and Rainbows, NOTHING, Sally Shapiro, Shock Machine, Terry and more!
For the first time in over a year, I’ve gotten sick. It’s only a cold, but it’s still frustrating to have to put your life on hold to take care of yourself. It’s another day filled with extra vitamins, hot soup and an early bedtime for me. Still, I’m trying my best to keep up with the site this week. Please enjoy today’s Pick Your Poison, which features some great downloads from Boo Seeka, Land of Leland, The Minders, Mumblr and They Called Him Zone. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Adam Torres, Brigid Mae Power, Conner Youngblood, Dawn Richard, Erin Tobey, Hooded Fang, Odonis Odonis, Roosevelt, Yumi Zouma and more.
When life hands you lemons, you make Lemonade. This past weekend, Beyonce dropped a proverbial “bomb” on an unsuspecting public, releasing a new album Lemonade via an HBO special. Much like her last one, this too is a “visual album,” in that there are videos for every single song. So while you can buy just the audio version, there’s also the video option too. No matter your preference, just make sure to give it a try. You can watch on Tidal or download on iTunes at your discretion. Of course you should also give the tracks in today’s Pick Your Poison a try. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Don Tigra, Frail, Jo Passed and Wild Rivers. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Baby In vain, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Hanni El Khatib, The Hotelier, Miracle Sweepstakes, Mocky (ft. Jamie Lidell), Nite Jewel, Sonny & The Sunsets and more.
Today was a sad day. We’ve lost another icon. Prince was a true original. His music, fashion and way of life inspired millions of people around the globe. Somehow he was able to take a variety of different genres of music and turn them into something wholly distinctive and fun. Hits like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “1999,” “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret” and “PUrple Rain” have changed the musical landscape over the years, and will continue to do so for decades to come. Here’s what’s even crazier – there’s a massive vault filled with unreleased Prince songs and music videos that he collected over the years. There’s no official word on how much unreleased material he left behind, but it’s probably safe to assume it’s at least enough for 3-4 posthumous albums. That’s just the kind of guy Prince was, continuing to make things on his own terms then choosing to keep it hidden until the right time. Sadly, Prince probably thought there’d be plenty of time to make more. He was only 57, and was thought to be in good health up until last week, when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to a medical emergency. His representatives claimed it was due to a bad case of the flu, but there may have been deeper problems we won’t find out about until an official report from the medical examiner.
To attend a Prince show was to attend a gigantic party, or so I was told. One of my greatest regrets is not buying tickets to see Prince perform the last couple of times he came through Chicago. When he played the United Center in September 2012, he was supporting a not-so-great album and the setlists for the tour seemed to largely avoid most of his best material. It didn’t excite me, plus I think I was unemployed at the time and didn’t have the money to spend on an expensive ticket. Just under a year later in June 2013, I received an email stating very plainly that Prince would be performing at the tiny City Winery Chicago that very night, and tickets were on sale. According to reports, someone from Prince’s camp called the venue that morning and said, “Prince would like to perform at your club tonight. Make it happen.” That’s all it took. Sadly, I didn’t check my inbox until 2 hours after the email announcement was sent, and the show was sold out. I then showed up to City Winery on the off chance an extra ticket became available. No dice. Came to find out later that the show didn’t even kick off until about 3AM, and Prince performed for about 2.5 hours. He literally partied until the sun came up. And why not? Somehow his energy, his passion and his desire to live on his own terms contributed to legendary stories and legendary performances. As an added treat, make sure to watch director Kevin Smith’s 30-minute story about the time he helped Prince make a documentary that still hasn’t been released. It’s a very funny tale that speaks to who Prince was and how he operated. So Prince and Bowie. Two of our greatest music legends lost so far in 2016. And we’re not even halfway through the year yet. Please make it stop, my heart hurts too much.
Okay, let’s get to the final edition of Pick Your Poison for the week. There are some great tracks in this set from 2/3 Goat, Boudoir Noir, Japancakes and Wired Minds. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aloha, Andy Stott, Cerise, Lil Silva (ft. Cosima), Trevor Sensor, Twin River, VHS, Woods and more.
Happy 4/20 to you and yours, whether you “celebrate” or not. Allow today’s edition of Pick Your Poison to help propel you through the rest of this week. There’s some quality downloads in this set from Harrison (ft. Ryan Hemsworth), Soonbe, Tibet and Vulture Whale. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Baby Alpaca (ft. Theresa Wayman of Warpaint), Casper Skulls, Deerhoof, DJ Shadow (ft. Run the Jewels), iLoveMakonnen, Islands, Joker, Maria Usbeck, Omni, Twin Peaks and Xeno & Oaklander.